The Twitterview: Tamzin Outhwaite

Actress Tamzin Outhwaite reveals her strict side and how her girls Florence, 4, and Marnie, 9 months, make her laugh...

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@PPPMAGAZINE: Do you feel your family is now complete?

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@mouthwaite: I came from a fairly big family and always thought I’d have a large family, but I’ve decided that two children is definitely enough!

@PPPMAGAZINE: Did you find your pregnancies alike?

@mouthwaite: Both pregnancies were similar – they both seemed much longer than nine months! The second time round is a bit easier, though, because you know what to expect.

@PPPMAGAZINE: Were you suprised when Lily Allen revealed she’d chosen the same name for her second daughter?

@mouthwaite: No, I was flattered – it’s such a beautiful name. But as Lily’s so famous I expect Marne to be a much more popular name in the future.

@PPPMAGAZINE: How do you find juggling work with being a mum?

@mouthwaite: With great difficulty sometimes, but with ease at other times – I think that it’s very important to get the balance right.

@PPPMAGAZINE: Are you the kind of mum you thought you’d be?

@mouthwaite: Before I became pregnant I thought I’d want to be with my children all the time, but it’s key to get the mum/work balance just right.

@PPPMAGAZINE: Who is stricter – you or hubby and fellow actor Tom Ellis?

@mouthwaite: I’m definitely the strict one, Tom is much softer. I come home and find them hiding and eating chocolate together sometimes!

@PPPMAGAZINE: What do you look forward to as the girls get older?

@mouthwaite: Watching them play together and growing up together; watching their different characters develop.

@PPPMAGAZINE: What’s the funniest thing the girls do?

@mouthwaite: Florence makes up songs and dances around Marnie. I try my hardest not to laugh – it’s so sweet.

@PPPMAGAZINE: What are your three mummy must-haves?

@mouthwaite: My Hippychick Hispter child carrier, my Gingerbread blanket and a bottle of Calpol.

@PPPMAGAZINE: Do you or Tom have any special tricks to get the girls to behave?

@mouthwaite: We try different things all the time. Rewards tend to work but if their behaviour has been particularly bad, taking toys away also has a good effect.

Tamzin’s top tweets

  • @EmmaBunton amazing what a friend letting you sleep and taking the kids can do! #humanagain
  • Whatever has hapened in the day, coming home to two smiling girls is delicious #nothingmattersmore
  • Peppa Pig rules!
  • My 4-year-old makes a great Dickensian child – bread and honey for breakfast and a tiny cup of milk.
  • Just got my baby to sleep by holding her on my chest, lying in bed, squeezing my bottom muscles together and singing Little Donkey in a whisper. I could really be onto something here.
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Tamzin Outhwaite is encouraging parents to get creative with their children and enter the Munch Time story-writing competition. For more information visit munchtime.co.uk

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